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FEBRUARY 2023

Endgame Ukraine; Putin’s Battleplan

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Endgame Ukraine; Putin’s Battleplan

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Written by Mike Whitney. Originally published on GlobalResearch

Until recently, Russia had largely targeted  Ukraine’s military and strategic infrastructure (Air Force, Navy, Ground Forces).  The shift in Moscow’s strategy now consists in targeting Ukraine’s civilian energy, transport, and communications infrastructure which has resulted in devastating social consequences for the people of Ukraine. 

“The widespread power outages are accompanied by freezing temperatures that will inevitably lead to an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Millions of Ukrainians will be forced to flee across the border seeking refuge in Europe”

While placing the blame on US-NATO’s geopolitical ambitions and Washington’s refusal to engage in dialogue and peace negotiations, the Kremlin nonetheless bears a deep-seated responsibility in this turn of events. According to Mike Whitney:

“The objective of the Russian operation is to undermine Ukraine’s ability to wage war. The attacks on Ukraine’s power-grid, railway hubs, fuel deports, bridges and command-and-control centers are merely Phase 1 of a 2-phase operation that is designed to defeat the enemy and bring the war to swift end.”

How will US-NATO and “The Deep State” react?

At this stage it’s unclear as to whether this strategic option adopted by the Kremlin will result in “ending the war”. I have my doubts.

How will US-NATO respond?

More specifically how will the defence contractors, Wall Street and the financial establishment respond.

War is good for business. War is profit driven. Who are the main actors? Who are the decision-makers?

Mistakes are a major determinant of history particularly when the president of the U.S. is a proxy politician incapable of formulating US foreign policy, ignorant of the underlying dangers including the use of nuclear weapons, responding to powerful financial interests and the weapons industry.

In the wake of the Cold War, the Pentagon has been routinely involved in conducting World War III war games as well as simulations of World War III.

The response to Moscow’s Military Agenda: A process of military escalation as well as economic warfare which could lead us into a World War III scenario.  This option is currently on the drawing board of the Pentagon. The preemptive use of nuclear weapons supported by a 1.3 trillion dollar nuclear weapons program “is on the table”.

In June 2016 under the Obama administration, top military brass together with the CEOs of the weapons industry debated the deployment of nuclear weapons against Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. It was called the Doomsday Forum. The focus was on building a consensus (within the Armed Forces, the science labs, the nuclear industry, etc) in favor of pre-emptive nuclear war against those four countries.

That deployment against those four countries has been contemplated by the Pentagon for at least 20 years:

In 2006, The Pentagon launched a set of war simulations entitled Vigilant Shield 07  (conducted from September through December 2006).

The core assumption behind Vigilant Shield 07 is “Global Warfare”. … [The simulations] anticipate the “New Cold War”. They reflect US foreign policy and military doctrine during both the Bush and Obama administrations. The declared enemies of America under Vigilant Shield 07 WWIII detailed simulation and timeline were (and remain) Irmingham [Iran], Nemazee [North Korea], Ruebek [Russia], Churya [China]”

 

Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, November 27, 2022.

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“Ukraine’s unquestioned strategic center of gravity is its western corridors to the Polish border where the vast majority of its war support enters the country. Their operational center of gravity is their resupply lines emanating eastwards from Kyiv to Ukraine’s various frontline positions. Without those two corridors, it would be nearly impossible for Kyiv to sustain wartime operations for more than a few weeks. Putin, therefore, may calculate the best use of those 218,000 additional troops will be to launch a three-pronged axis to cut both of those supply routes.” Lt. Colonel Daniel L. Davis, Senior Fellow for Defense Priorities and Contributing Editor at 1945

“I want to emphasize again that all tasks of the special military operation… will be unconditionally fulfilled.” Russian President Vladimir Putin

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Another day of large-scale missile attacks on Ukraine’s hobbled energy infrastructure has plunged much of the country into darkness. The relentless attacks—which continued through the night and into the early morning hours—have intensified dramatically as Russian combat troops continue to join their units along the perimeter in preparation for a major winter offensive. Russian President Vladimir Putin has waited patiently for the Zelensky regime to grasp the gravity of their situation and press for bilateral negotiations. But the Ukrainian president has stubbornly rejected diplomacy at every turn opting instead to fight until the bitter end. He is fully supported in that decision by his backers in Washington who see the conflict as an opportunity to weaken Russia so it cannot obstruct US plans to “pivot” to Asia. The transformation of Ukraine into a frigid, uninhabitable wastelands is largely the result of Washington’s voracious geopolitical ambitions. This is from a post at the website Moon of Alabama:

Previous attacks had limited the distribution capacity to some 50% of demand. Controlled blackouts over several hours per day allowed to give some electricity for a few hours to most parts of the country. The attack today created a much larger problem. Not only were distribution networks attacked but also so the elements that connect Ukraine’s electricity production facilities to the distribution network. All four nuclear power stations of Ukraine with their 15 reactors are now in shutdown mode. Kiev along with most other cities of Ukraine no longer has electricity.” Ukraine – Lights Out, No Water And Soon No Heat”, Moon of Alabama

Endgame Ukraine; Putin’s Battleplan

Ukraine Plunged Into Darkness—As of the morning of November 24, more than 70% of Kiev remains without electricity. There is no water in half of the capital. Power outages continue in all regions throughout the country….”Kiev goes Dark as NATO Sacrifices Ukraine”, SouthFront

The widespread power outages are accompanied by freezing temperatures that will inevitably lead to an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Millions of Ukrainians will be forced to flee across the border seeking refuge in Europe. Others will be left to hunker-down in makeshift emergency shelters that are sporadically heated by diesel-powered generators. There is no prospect that Ukraine’s dilapidated power-system will be fixed quickly if ever. And even if it could be cobbled-back together in some improvised capacity, it would only be a short-term fix. The fact is, the Russians have identified the main substations, terminals and auto-transformers across Ukraine and are picking them off one-by-one. Unable to defend itself against the daily barrage of precision-guided missiles, Ukraine is gradually being bombed into the Stone Age.

The objective of the Russian operation is to undermine Ukraine’s ability to wage war. The attacks on Ukraine’s power-grid, railway hubs, fuel deports, bridges and command-and-control centers are merely Phase 1 of a 2-phase operation that is designed to defeat the enemy and bring the war to swift end. Russia has gathered roughly 500,000 troops in a combat Strike-Force that will traverse the country along three main axes annihilating Ukrainian Forces wherever they are encountered and seizing key cities along the way. Critical supply-lines from Poland will be blocked, leaving troops at the front cut-off and vulnerable to attack. Eventually, the regime and their Right-bloc security forces will be killed or captured. Moscow will not allow a government that is openly hostile towards Russia to rule the country. This is from an interview with Colonel Douglas MacGregor:

There are now 540,000 Russian troops stationed around the outskirts of Ukraine preparing to launch a major offensive that I think will probably end the war in Ukraine. 540,000 Russian troops, 1,000 rocket artillery systems, 5000 armored fighting vehicles including at least 1,5000 tanks, hundreds and hundreds of tactical ballistic missiles. Ukraine is now going to experience war on a scale we haven’t seen since 1945.” Colonel Douglas MacGregor, Rumble

MacGregor again—Everything has now changed… the large probability of offensives beginning in the next few weeks, whenever the ground freezes completely and the Russians judge their forces to be ready. and they will move in and they will finish off this Ukrainian state, let’s not kid ourselves, The regime in Kiev is likely to be annihilated along with the remainder of its armed forces….

The biggest mistake we in the west could make is to involve ourselves. We’ve done enough damage….and I think what we are going to see…. is the total destruction of this rump Ukrainian state. Now, what happens afterwards, I don’t know. I’m quite confident that Russians do not want to remain in western Ukraine …Russia is now treating Ukraine as a real enemy. Previously they were not. and this is not understood in the west.” “Ukraine is about to be annihilated”, Colonel Douglas MacGregor, YouTube

(Question—Is there any chance that US combat troops will be sent to fight in Ukraine?)

MacGregor—We’re in no position to go to war with Russia, and anything we would do on the ground would fail miserably and we’d be embarrassed. But obviously no one in Washington is listening…There’s no real understanding of how desperate the situation is in western Ukraine. So what we can look forward to along with this massive (Russian) offensive is the migration of millions of more Ukrainians into Europe because they have no place else to go….. The Ukrainians know what’s coming. There’s not much they do about it at this point, but instead of throwing them a lifeline, we’ve essentially told them to sink with the ship that they’re on.” Col. Douglas Macgregor“Ukraine is about to be annihilated”, youtube; 6:35 min

Note—So, when the missile strikes end and the ground freezes, the Russian offensive will begin. But what is the plan? How will the Russians deploy their troops and what tactical objectives will they seek to achieve?

While no one can say with certainty how the offensive will evolve, two recent posts at the military website 1945 provide a compelling and detailed explanation of what might take place if Putin decides to deliver the knockout punch to the Ukrainian armed forces and the political leadership in Kiev. The articles were written by 1945 “Contributing Editor, Daniel L. Davis who is a Senior Fellow for Defense Priorities and a former Lt. Col. in the U.S. Army who deployed into combat zones four times.” Here are a few excerpts from the two pieces:

If Putin orders an all-out attack, it will most likely start with a massive air, missile and drone attack to complete the destruction of the Ukrainian electric grids, substations, fuel storage facilities, rail yards, diesel locomotives, and communication facilities. Intent will be to make it intensely difficult to support the UAF, complicate communications, make intra-country movement of troops much harder, diminish their capacity to logistically support troops in disparate fronts with food, water, medicine, ammunition, and spare parts.

By increasing the burden on Kyiv to take care of the civil population throughout the country, there will be yet fewer resources to allocate to supporting the war. If Kyiv prioritizes supplying the combat units, civilians could freeze to death or starve as a result, putting the government in a terrible no-win situation….

The key to understanding what Putin’s objectives may be is to assess what an additional 200,000 troops could reasonably accomplish in Ukraine: a three-pronged axis of advance designed to sever Ukraine’s life blood – the supply corridor from the Polish border through which all NATO supply and equipment enters Ukraine. (“Putin could launch an all-out attack on Ukraine but it could be his downfall” Daniel Davis, 1945)

Much of what Davis anticipates has already taken place, so we will move on to his more stunning scenarios. The post below was published just one day after the article above. Here’s what he says:

In this final edition, I will lay out what I contend is the most dangerous course of action Ukraine could face: a ground campaign to deprive Ukraine of its lifeblood from the West…. What I represent in this analysis…. represents the gravest danger to Ukraine ...

In this scenario, Putin recognizes that the number of troops he has for the task remains insufficient to capture large cities – and that he doesn’t need to capture major cities to succeed. Instead, what he may seek to do is identify and then take out the Ukrainian center of gravity. (which) military theorist Carl von Clausewitz. (defined as.. “the hub of all power and movement (of the enemy), on which everything depends.”

Meaning, in war, the overall objective should be to deprive the enemy of the one thing he must maintain to win the war..

In my assessment, Ukraine’s unquestioned strategic center of gravity is its western corridors to the Polish border where the vast majority of its war support enters the country. Their operational center of gravity is their resupply lines emanating eastwards from Kyiv to Ukraine’s various frontline positions. Without those two corridors, it would be nearly impossible for Kyiv to sustain wartime operations for more than a few weeks.

Putin, therefore, may calculate the best use of those 218,000 additional troops will be to launch a three-pronged axis to cut both of those supply routes: the priority effort in the west out of Belarus with the objective of Lviv, a supporting effort to the northeast in the Sumy direction, and supporting axis from the east to reinforce the current offensive in the Donbas.

A Russian attack out of southeast Belorussia with the objective of Lviv would represent the greatest strategic threat to the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF). Virtually all of the UAF’s weapons, ammunition, and repair parts enter the country from Poland through several land routes towards Kyiv. If Russia were to cut these routes off by attacking along the Polish/Ukraine border down to Lviv, Russia could cut off the majority of the shipments of war material from the West, without which Kyiv would not long be able to sustain its forces at the frontlines in the eastern part of Ukraine. …

If Russia employs a three-axes advance with its newly mobilized combat forces, added to the roughly 200,000 troops already engaged – and critically, avoids trying to invest cities – they will have a chance to focus their combat power where Ukraine is weakest, and in ways that are mutually reinforcing to other axes. This course of action would represent great risk for Zelensky’s troops, but it isn’t without significant risk for the Russians either. … (“Putin Could Launch a Big Winter Offensive in Ukraine to Cut Off Weapons“, Daniel Davis, 1945)

There is, of course, no way of knowing whether the war will actually play out in-line with Davis’s scenario. It does seem likely, however, that Russian strategists have already figured out that the war cannot be won without cutting off vital supply-lines to Poland. That is the main artery that sustains the conflict and allows Zelensky to avoid negotiations. For Putin, attempting such a move would be a risky gambit that could precipitate his political downfall, but if he fails to seize the opportunity to force Kiev to the bargaining table, the war could drag on forever. There are no easy choices but—in this case—it appears the benefits clearly outweigh the risks.

Michael Whitney is a renowned geopolitical and social analyst based in Washington State. He initiated his career as an independent citizen-journalist in 2002 with a commitment to honest journalism, social justice and World peace. He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG).

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Peter Nowak

All this is no change in the strategy but in the tactics of the Russian forces. Therefore it is not the plan of Putin but the way to execute this plan.

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Dick Von D'Astard

From a Russian perspective, why not drag this war on? Keeping the war manageably raging has it’s pro’s for Russia.

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Torquemada

Realmente a puesto a la UE en una severa crisis

meh

Expensive af and you run the risk of the people revolting over it. Lots of sons, husbands, brothers etc have died.

Ferd Burful

Can you name anyone?

Elijah

I agree. People fail to realize the sheer size of Russia’s military potential, and when backed into a corner, Russia will use it. One thing though, that picture with Europe at night, the Ukraine area looks fake and colored in. You guys can and should do better than that. But picture aside, great article.

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Slobodan

When you zoom in, you can see that the satellite image is photoshoped. Not that any intelligent person would need to do that to know… BTW, watch the number of minuses given by the low IQ people, who think this is a pro-ukrainian comment…

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Zed

The satellite image is manipulated with photoshop because it does not depict the present but the future!

Dave

Yes – it’s exasperating. SF mixes the most stupid and obvious propaganda with sometimes worthwhile and interesting info.

Atlan

Blah blah blah… Did the one who wrote the article see the videos of Russian soldiers being sent to the front? Without body armor, they even had to buy their own winter uniforms with their own money, some even with mosin nagants instead of Kalashnikovs. Russia is running out of stockpiles of missiles and it will take years to replenish them. The reality in the field is very different from what he writes sitting in an office in the States…

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USA is a shithole, EU is becoming one

Russia run out of missiles in March… or May. 🤣 Russia has no missiles ever since. They just use trebuchets and rocks.

Clyde

Yes, the Russians are sending soldiers to the failed Ukrainian CIa project armed with Mosin Nagants. I hope they keep their eyes peeled for the Ghost of Kiev!

Steinfranz

I’ve not seen any Russian soldier with that rifle in action, within Ukraine in any function whatsoever, unless the rifle had a sniper scope mounted on it. Have you served in the military? Bolt-action rifles are much more precise than full-auto or semit-automatic. All very expensive sniper rifles, like $10,000 ones are bolt-action rifles. So, it is very prudent to arm DMR-riflemen, who join regular units unlike special forces and those snipers working closely with special forces, with bolt-action rifles. The old ones are much more precise than modern rifles but the very expensive sniper rifles. And no NATO army has all DMR-riflemen armed with these. The German Bundeswehr used full-auto H&K G3 with scopes until 2014 or so as a DMR-rifle and STILL DOES, in all branches but infantry (Panzergrenadiere, Jäger, Fallschirmjäger, Gebirgsjäger) and special forces (KSK).

Steinfranz

DMR = Designated Markman Also called “counter-sniper”.

Assad Defeated Zionists

I heard those cheap Iranian made fifty cent drones are taking out electrical substations in rural areas that are not covered by any kind of air defense, talk about Russia getting a big bang for the buck. The Zionists slaves must be having a nervous breakdown. They couldn’t even defeat Bashar Al-Assad during 11 years of war, how in the world do they expect to defeat Russia. Slava Putin. Slava Bashar Hafez Al-Assad.

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Armin

I agree. The much trumpeted West is a small part of the land and with few minerals! The twilight underdog west omes to a bad end.

Armin

Correct: comes to a bad end.

Matt

Does his “battle plan” include his Country remaining within the UN “hell hole” where the “Do as I say Not as I Do” absentee $atan MC sets the rules in opposition to benefit him and him alone?… And will keep his Central Bank in Russia in lock step with the Federal Reserve and BOE setting the price arbitrarily for his “$overeign Nation'”$” resources?…

Can you show the rest of the painting of Pu-Tin with the “golden handcuff$” around his wrists Made in the U.$.A.??? Cause I think the displaced, dead and still dying from Ukraine/Syria and Russia the last 8 years that never should have happened had he taken a stand after Maidan 2014 deserve better!

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Clyde

Derpy derp derp?

Matt

“Derpy derp derp?”…

Let me guess… Code speak for Russia loves it’$ UN Master!…

Let me know when this guy decides to give the UN charter a very well deserved “fleet enema” by leaving that House starting his own that obeys those rules -especially the “Host”!…

And if he’s not willing to do it… Find someone to replace him that will!

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OnlyThreeDaysUntilVictoryAsClydeSaid😆😆😆

Ukraine is Putin’s end and he knows it. The mighty russian army didn’t make it in three days as said in russian propaganda media. Google for it and have fun reading it 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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Is Lugansk Ukrainian? Did we get the last Moskals out of Donbas? Somebody please tell Anthony Blinken that I’m running out of emojis!

Shit country makes shit military

Russian military is poorly trained low level force. Joke of the year 2022.

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Clyde

Wasn’t it crazy when that joke ended up in five oblasts of the failed Ukrainian CIA project after eight years of NATO arming, training, advising and supporting the Ukrainians?

S-500

You told the same at the begining of Syrian war because after one year no significant changes on the map..but 3 years later Russia had been taken 90% of Syria.

Armin

It is not true as the author writes that war enriches America. The United States has always lost and has always become more impoverished. It is a country that has a pirate mentality. A poor America, with outdated armaments, has no hope. America is just as afraid as NATO of being defeated. The humble Taliban prove it, who with courage and discipline have ruined and defeated the western pirates.

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give-me-a-break

The idea of coming big arrow offenses by the Russians is probably wrong. The Russians will continue as they are. A war of attrition. Attacks will be local and tactical. Incremental advances probably aimed ultimately at taking Zaporozhia and Dnipro. From there they will evaluate that state of the enemy.

Of course there could be big movement attacks if the Ukrainian army is degraded enough. But in a world of drone, longer range rockets, constant survellience, big, dense attacks may be just too expensive in lives.

But, who knows. The Russian General Staff does not share it’s thoughts with me.

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Bra"Z"ilian

Every bridge, railroad and power distribution center must be rendered unusable. For a multipolar world. Advance Russia. Z

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newchiche

one of the main reasons for cutting off the electricity is also to undermine the morale of the Ukrainian soldiers on the battle field, who are thinking of their families who are in the cold.

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Dave

Either way, nothing of this will spell “Putin’s downfall”. And why should it? Sure, the offensive better work. But even if it doesn’t, Putin will stay. It looks like an offensive soon. The article seems to oscillate between trying to entice the Russian to strike (too) soon, or, conversely, not foribly enough (danger of downfall). Both are wrong. Russia must and will be fully prepared, and then strike forcefully. There is wisdom in avoiding fighting for cities, to be sure.

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bejaj

Tsar Putin!

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Bridgeindawater

@Dave, bejaj and ALL

The main point why Russia (+ China) in the end will win this war is, because it has infested USA and EU completely with their communist and maoist agents.

With truely patriotic leadership in USA and EU the thing would be a real deal. But this way, no. Prophecies say the realshit starts the moment the Russians take Kiev. Other prophecies say it begins the moment Russia annexes Crimea. So whatever, we are very close to WW3, that’s for sure. Inflation will rise more, then revolutions will take place and Russia will try to expand even more.

Anyway, I stayby my opinion, that would Putin be a true patriot, he would have created an underground pro-russian army, same way as the iranians created pro-iranian hezbollah, and let this underground army do the work. But instead of that he invaded Ukraine, and with that act became the aggressor (without need to do so), and thereby put Russia into a very bad light and helped the western anti-russian jewish propaganda. And that is because he himself is part of the NWO/JWO answers to his jewish masters from Chabad Lubavich and just play the “patriotic russian leader”.

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Dave Huff

Nothing new in the entire article, just restating the obvious…..

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